Selma Blair is reportedly threatening to sue Charlie Sheen and his sitcom, “Anger Management,” for wrongfully firing her last spring — even as Sheen has begun portraying the dismissal as a routine creative decision concerning the development of his character on the show.
According to TMZ.com, Blair says her sudden dismissal from the show — where she co-starred as “Kate,” love interest for Sheen’s character — cost her $1.2 million that she says the show’s producers (one of whom is Sheen) are obligated to pay her under her contract.
The TMZ story says she’s threatening to sue if negotiations over the money are not successful. She says she was fired personally by Sheen after it was revealed that she had complained privately to associates about his work habits.
Among other things, she accused him of being chronically late to the set and then having trouble remembering his lines. The overall impression was that she was unhappy — and since Sheen is a producer and, of course, the star of the sitcom, he decided to let her go.
However, Sheen is now portraying the dismissal as a creative decision involving the character he plays, and having nothing to do with a deteroriating working relationship with Blair.
As he indicated earlier this week on “The Tonight Show,” he and the show’s other producers felt viewers weren’t satisfied with seeing him play a man in a monogamous relationship, so they decided to write the Kate character out of the show. Blair evidently doesn’t agree with Sheen’s version of the events leading up to her dismissal. Lawyers for both sides are reportedly trying to hammer out a settlement, TMZ says.